How Stress Can Trigger Depression
Depression Often Arrives If Extreme Stress Is Allowed To Rule Your Life.
You are on the couch. Some talk show host is jabbering on, only you don’t hear a word he is saying.
The funk that has driven its fangs into you, is so deep and dark..you are not even sure if you are awake or asleep.
My friend, you are deeply depressed. Stress has put on its steel toed boots and walloped you a good one right in the butt.
The phone is ringing but you don’t want to get up off the couch to answer. It can only be bad news.
Your angry girlfriend is calling; the bill collector wants to know if you are going to pay that bill TODAY!
Stress can affect anyone, even small children according to studies.
While unlikely to develop something like high blood pressure, a child can develop depression from living in a stressful household.
Constant fighting between two parents, can have a long term effect on a child.
Even if the parents divorce, a child is initially stressed out and possible depression forms…this depression can become long term. Even for life.
More common is stress and depression in teenagers. Being bullied at school or on Facebook can very stressful for a teen.
When you add in schoolwork that would choke a horse, then the stress becomes double. When stress strikes a teen, they are more likely to start developing bad habits like smoking, doing drugs or drinking.
I think everyone understands that teens find stress and depression very hard to cope with and some even go so far as to cutting themselves and considering suicide.
Teens have a more difficult time hiding depression than an adult because they do not really understand how people view other people.
As they get older, they learn to mimic normal behavior as a way to avoid being asked by friends, teachers and parents, if they are alright.
Adults can mask stress and depression, hiding it from loved ones and their co-workers.
When an adult is asked at the work place, if they are “feeling” alright, they have a number of excuses at the ready, to deflect the questioning.
However in the long run, they are only doing themselves harm, instead of dealing with the stress and its long list of possible side effects.
Stress produces stress hormones and in turn, adrenal steroids can be unleashed into the body and make their way to the brain structure.
Once the structure of the brain is changed, it is very difficult to reverse.
The growth of nerve fibers in the brain can be slowed, which can seriously affect the areas for memory and emotions.
Studies have found that stress hormones can the growth of nerve fibers in an area of the brain called the Hippocampus.
When researching the Hippocampus of people who were deeply depressed, the doctors found the Hippocampus was significantly smaller than that of a person who led a stress reduced and non-depressed lifestyle.
Learn more about how to manage stress on my page with all the information you need on this subject: How to manage stress
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